She was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Authorities have said they believe the attack was random. The murder suspect was later captured on CCTV, and police are actively searching for the man who had no identifiable connection to his victim. The brief video showed a man walking down a street, swinging his arm. Police say Martinez did not previously know her attacker and believe it was a random, unprovoked attack.
Wendy Martinez, 35, was stabbed several times on September 18, reported Fox5. She stumbled into a nearby restaurant to call for help, where the manager dialled emergency services and customers attempted to assist her. Police said Martinez was an avid runner and was known to run for miles around the city and lived nearby where the attack happened. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female suffering from multiple stab wounds.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham were scheduled to hold a press conference Thursday morning to offer an update on the investigation into the brutal killing of 35-year-old Wendy Martinez at the scene of the crime in the 1400 block of 11th Street Northwest.More news: Tom Thibodeau Doesn’t Want Rebuilding Pieces In A Jimmy Butler Trade
Police are offering a US$25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
He repeated at a September 20 news conference: "We don't have a motive" and said that Martinez and Anthony Crawford did not know each other. This is a very isolated incident. "I'm sure that doesn't bring any level of comfort to the Martinez family", Newsham said. "And a woman jogging on our streets is a normal activity".
"I can not even begin to imagine what her fiance, what her family, what her mom, what her brother, what her friends are going through right now, and I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to this family", he said.
"We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy". Her family described her as an avid runner. "Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be", her family said Wednesday.More news: Drake files extortion lawsuit accusing Instagram model of faking pregnancy, rape allegations
The 35-year-old Martinez had just gotten engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Daniel Hincapie, last week and was looking forward to planning her wedding, friends said.
She had just got engaged on Wednesday. Martinez's family asked for respect for their privacy as they grieve. "Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community".
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Karina Vetrano, the Queens jogger who was murdered.